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April 11, 2024

Today is the Last Chance to Register for the Interim Council Meeting

Registration Closes April 11th

Registration will be closing for all MSD members to attend the MSD 2024 Interim Council Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 18th at the Smyrna Opera House, located at 7 W. South St., Smyrna, DE. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with sign-in and a half-hour cocktail social, followed by the Interim Council business meeting beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. As a member of MSD, this event affords you the opportunity to connect with your peers and meet new colleagues, all the while enjoying fine food and beverage at a historic Delaware location!

The agenda will include updates from the President and Treasurer, as well as an legislative advocacy update. The Council will also consider a resolution submitted, "Support of Physicians Pursuing Collective Bargaining and Unionization."

To register go to: https://reg.planetreg.com/INTERIM2024. Absolute registration deadline is Thursday, April 11 by end of business day.

Physician Emeritus Holds Second Educational Luncheon

MSD Member Mehdi Balakhani, MD, DDS, FACS Presents to Group

The Physician Emeritus Section of MSD gathered at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington this week for their spring educational luncheon. This year, members of MSD are sharing their stories and were happy to welcome MSD Life Practicing member, Mehdi Balakhani, MD, DDS, FACS to speak on "My Life's Work," presenting on the reconstructive and plastic surgeries he has done during his career. As Emeritus Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at ChristianaCare and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Balakhani has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years, making significant contributions to the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

The Physician Emeritus Section will gather again on Thursday, April 25 at the 1776 Steakhouse in Rehoboth where Brian J. Galinat, MD, MBA will present "Choose Your Own Adventure: Our Journey Visiting All the U.S. National Parks." For more information, contact Michelle.Seymour.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus

CDC, DPH Issue Health Advisories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to inform clinicians, state health departments, and the public of a recently confirmed human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) virus in the United States following exposure to presumably infected dairy cattle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus in U.S. dairy cattle in multiple states. This Health Advisory also includes a summary of interim CDC recommendations for preventing, monitoring, and conducting public health investigations of potential human infections with HPAI A(H5N1) virus. 

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) shared the CDC Health Alert Advisory to inform clinicians and others of the recently confirmed human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in the US following exposure to presumably infected dairy cattle. Novel Influenza A Infection is a reportable disease in Delaware. It is imperative that suspected infection with HPAI A(H5N1) virus is reported in a timely manner because of the need for time-sensitive administration of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to those exposed. All suspected infections should be reported to the Delaware Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at (302) 744-4990 or by email at reportdisease@delaware.gov.

Blood Bank of Delmarva Declares Blood Emergency

Blood Emergency - Donors Needed

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is calling on eligible donors to make an immediate blood or platelet donation. Type-O negative and platelets are running low at the hospitals it serves, but donations of all types are currently needed. Donations from young people and first-timers have been dropping during the past few years and donations in general have been slow to come due to recent holidays and school vacations. An individual may donate blood every 56 days. Platelet donors can give twice a month. To schedule an appointment visit www.delmarvablood.org or call 888-8-BLOOD-8.

Highmark-CAA Prescription Drug Reporting Mandate

Notice of Client Action Required for Small Group Health Coverage

Section 204 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) requires all health insurance issuers and self-insured group health plans to submit information regarding prescription drug spending, health care spending, and enrollment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis. This information must be submitted in specific file formats to CMS for the 2023 calendar year by June 1, 2024.

Highmark has sent a communication via email to its small group insurance clients requesting information to complete this reporting. Some clients may not have received this information and MSD is alerting you of this request. If clients/employers want Highmark to report on their behalf, Highmark is requesting they complete the online survey by May 1, 2024. If the survey is not completed by May 1, 2024, client data will not be included in Highmark’s submission to CMS and clients will responsible for submitting data independently.

Key Takeaways:

• The deadline to complete the survey is May 1, 2024. If you fail to complete the survey by this deadline, you will be accountable for submitting on your group health plan’s behalf.

• Responses must be specific to your plan.

• If you offer multiple group health plans that are administered or insured by Highmark, you must complete a separate survey for each group health plan.

• Do not combine Fully Insured amounts with Self-Funded Amounts – two surveys must be submitted, one for each group health plan.

• The survey takes only 5-10 minutes to complete if this worksheet is prepared beforehand.

• If you do not complete the survey, Highmark will submit the data they maintain prior to the June 1 CMS submission deadline. This submission will not be complete due to data not provided via the survey.

• Please retain your responses for your own records. The survey does not allow for a copy to be of the data to be sent to you

The following are additional resources as reference: client email , a process overview, survey worksheet, and CMS RxDC homepage.

Delaware Cancer Consortium Strategizes to Reduce Disparities

Proclamations Declare April as Cancer Control Month and Minority Cancer Awareness Month

On April 9, 150 Delaware Cancer Consortium (DCC) members gathered for their 2024 retreat for presentations by prominent local and national speakers, including four cancer survivors who shared their diagnosis, care, and experience living with cancer. The theme was Vision. Purpose. Action. Coming Together to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, aligning with DCC’s goal to implement culturally inclusive initiatives that ensure affordable and accessible care. The Delaware General Assembly established the DCC in 2001 to reduce Delaware’s cancer incidence and mortality rates. Over the past 23 years, the DCC has produced five five-year plans with innovative cancer control recommendations that guide its members and thousands of dedicated volunteers.  In the 1990s, Delaware’s cancer death rate ranked second in the nation. Most recent data show the state ranks 15th in cancer mortality and 20th for cancer incidence rate (457.6 per 100,000 in Delaware compared to 442.2 per 100,000 population in the nation), according to the Delaware Cancer Registry for the period 2016-2020. Governor Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long signed two proclamations that designate the month of April as Cancer Control Month and Minority Cancer Awareness Month.

Compassionate Champion Awards

Nominations Close Friday, April 12th

The State of Delaware is committed to creating respectful, sensitive, and culturally competent environments through trauma-informed care. If you know someone serving the community through the trauma-informed care perspective, nominate them for a Compassionate Champion Award by Friday, April 12th at 5:00 pm. Nomination categories include: government, community organizations, first responders, education, health care, and other. Winners will be invited to accept their awards at the Compassionate Champion Awards Ceremony in May. Submit a nomination.

Support for the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act

To Help Address the Drug Overdose Epidemic

On March 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) and over 40 other members of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy Coalition sent a letter of support for the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act of 2024. This bipartisan legislation—introduced by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), David Valadao (R-CA), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Mike Carey (R-OH) and Mike Kelly (R-PA)—would provide 1,000 additional Medicare-supported GME positions over five years in hospitals that have, or are in the process of establishing, accredited residency programs in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain medicine. This bill will help address the nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic by training more physicians to meet the needs of patients across the country who require treatment for substance use disorder. The AMA supported this bill last Congress, and sent an individual letter  supporting this legislation this Congress on February 1.

First-Ever National Drinking Water Standard

To Protect 100 Million People from PFAS Pollution

On Wednesday this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to harmful per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as ‘forever chemicals.’ Exposure to PFAS has been linked to deadly cancers, impacts to the liver and heart, and immune and developmental damage to infants and children. This final rule represents the most significant step to protect public health under EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The final rule will reduce PFAS exposure for approximately 100 million people, prevent thousands of deaths, and reduce tens of thousands of serious illnesses. In addition to the final rule, EPA is announcing nearly $1 billion in newly available funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help states and territories implement PFAS testing and treatment at public water systems and to help owners of private wells address PFAS contamination. 

Proposed "TEAM" Approach Announced

Coordination Between Health Care Professionals During Surgery and 30 Days that Follow

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced the proposed Transforming Episode Accountability Model (TEAM), a five-year mandatory model that would incentivize coordination between care providers during a surgery, as well as the services provided during the 30 days that follow. The model would aim to improve the quality of care for people with Medicare undergoing certain surgical procedures, reducing rehospitalization and recovery time while lowering Medicare spending and driving equitable outcomes. TEAM would initially focus on lower extremity joint replacement, surgical hip and femur fracture treatment, spinal fusion, coronary artery bypass graft, and major bowel procedure. Participating acute care hospitals would receive a target price to cover all costs associated with a 30-day episode of care, and they would be required to refer patients to primary care services to support continuity of care and drive positive long-term health outcomes. TEAM would allow for overlap with ACO models. The proposed model would also include a voluntary Decarbonization and Resilience initiative to address threats posed by climate change to the nation's health and health care system.

CMS Proposes New Policies

Support Underserved Communities, Ease Drug Shortages, Promote Patient Safety

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule updating Medicare payments and policies for inpatient hospitals and long-term care hospitals. The proposed rule takes a variety of approaches to improving the health of people with Medicare by addressing social determinants of health, strengthening emergency preparedness, and improving maternal health. The fiscal year (FY) 2025 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) rule works to support historically underserved and under-resourced communities and promote value-based care.

Laboratory Outreach Communication System Update

Updated Mpox Webpages for Biosafety and Reporting

On April 4, 2024, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the Biosafety Laboratory Guidance for Handling and Processing Mpox Specimens webpage to include information about clade I and to clarify select agent requirements.


On April 5, 2024, CDC also updated the How to Report Results from Orthopoxvirus, Non-Variola Orthopoxvirus, and Mpox Virus Diagnostic Testing webpage to reflect the preferred names and identification of the clades.

NQF Launches Patient Safety Initiative

Addresses High Rates of Avoidable Medical Errors, Preventable Harms

The National Quality Forum (NQF), an affiliate of The Joint Commission, launched a “Focus on HARM” patient safety initiative to address the high rates of avoidable medical errors and preventable patient harms that continue despite decades of efforts to remediate these events.  The Focus on HARM (Harmonizing Accountability in Reporting and Monitoring) initiative will begin by re-examining the most egregious events, often referred to as “Never Events” because they should never occur in health care. Read more.

Apply for an AMA ChangeMedEd Innovation Grant


The American Medical Association (AMA) announced a request for applications for its 2024 ChangeMedEd Innovation Grant Program. The AMA invites medical schools, residency programs and practice settings to apply. In addition to receiving funding, grant recipients will join the AMA ChangeMedEd Consortium, which is committed to developing, implementing and disseminating bold, innovative projects that promote systemic change to better train future physicians. This round of innovation grants will focus on projects about coaching in medical education across the continuum of physician professional development. Specifically, we seek projects that address effectiveness of coaching through rigorous evaluation methodologies and projects that promote scalability and dissemination of coaching programs. The AMA ChangeMedEd Innovation Grant Program supports novel experiments while building a community of practice within the AMA ChangeMedEd Consortium. Inter-institutional collaborative projects will be particularly competitive. Applications from undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and practice settings are welcome. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Central time, June 21, 2024. Acceptances will be sent by Aug. 2. Grants will start Nov. 1. View the submission guidelines and apply now. 

Innovative Program Seeks to Accelerate Health Care Careers

Partnership Between Delaware Tech and Colonial School District Addresses Significant Need in Delaware

WDEL reports that the Colonial School District and Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) are seeking to streamline the pathway for students who are interested in health-related careers. This week, Bank of America presented DTCC with its Neighborhood Award, grant funding to support programs that address job readiness and workforce development. In this innovative educational opportunity, students attend classes at their high schools and then go onsite at Delaware Tech for extensive hands-on experience in patient care. The program is expected to begin with up to 15 sophomores at William Penn High School.

Pending Members

Kert F. Anzilotti, MD - Chief Medical Officer, ChristianaCare

Yan Ting Chen, MD - Resident, Emergency Medicine, Bayhealth (starting July)

Kelli Quercetti, DO - Otolaryngology, ENT and Allergy of Delaware

MSD members are afforded a seven-day review period from the date of this publication to comment regarding applicants for membership. Please contact Michelle Seymour at (302) 224-4905 or Michelle.Seymour@medsocdel.org with any comments on the current pending member(s) listed above or if you know of someone interested in joining MSD. You could be eligible for a membership referral discount on your dues!

MSD Year Round Charity - Consider a Donation

Kind to Kids Charity Foundation: A Future for Every Child, All Year Round

As a year-round charity fundraising effort, MSD continues to support the Kind to Kids Foundation to make an impact in the lives of children and teens in foster care. You can donate items throughout the year from the "My Blue Duffel" Amazon Wish List. Your donation will provide direct support for a child in foster care. "My Blue Duffels" are emergency care kits given to children entering the foster care system. From the wish list, donors purchase items that are then sent to Kind to Kids to distribute. The children are victims of child abuse and neglect and are coping with trauma. Your gift will bring hope, love, and kindness to a vulnerable child. Kind to Kids Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit charity and your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.

Premier Educational Program Partner Spotlight

MSD is pleased to highlight one of our 2024 Premier Educational Program Partners. WSFS Wealth Private Banking has been a part of the effort to keep our professional medical and public education programs growing through its partnership with MSD as a Premier Educational Program (PEP) Partner.

At WSFS Wealth Private Banking, we understand the unique challenges that come with managing wealth. Our Private Banking Advisors serve as trusted partners to individuals and families and provide solid financial strategies for our clients.  With a client-centric focus, our lending solutions can provide you with a reliable source of funding for your business investments, real estate purchases, and other unforeseen expenses. We work with our entire team of Private Wealth advisors to ensure that your overall investment strategy is aligned with your comprehensive financial plan. From loan to deposit solutions, to liquidity events and succession planning, we are with you every step of the way. For more information, visit https://www.wsfsbank.com/wealth/private-banking

If you would like to become a PEP Partner, please contact Lynn Robinson, MSD's Director of Professional Education. 

How Can Health Apps Affect the Future of Medicine?

Primary Care Physicians Needed to Complete Brief Survey for Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is looking for primary care physicians to complete a 5-minute survey on their thoughts about digital health tools. Interested physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who have experience treating patients with diabetes or depression are invited to participate. Those who complete the survey will receive a $10 gift card. If you have any questions, please reach out to Odia Kane at okane1@jh.edu. (Principle investigator: Dr. Nancy Kass.) Scan the QR code or go to: https://jh.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ewXiR3xzpicR4zQ

MSDIS CORNER: Flood Insurance for Home or Business

Contact MSDIS for More Information

Flood Policy Facts

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers two types of coverage – building coverage and contents coverage.

✓ Building coverage is available with limits up to $250k and content coverage up to $100k.

✓ A NFIP flood policy only covers personal belongings if contents coverage is purchased.

✓ Most items located in a basement are typically excluded from coverage.

✓ Flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before going into effect. There is no waiting period if the purchase is part of a mortgage loan closing.

Your contents coverage is a critical part of your flood policy and not included automatically with building coverage.

If interested in flood insurance for your home or business, contact MSDIS Sharon Ruth (302) 397-0173 or email Sharon.ruth@usi.com

Reminder on MIPS EUC Hardship Applications

Deadline to Apply is April 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has now reopened the 2023 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances (EUC) hardship application due to the Change Healthcare cyberattack. The deadline to apply for an exemption is April 15. Read more.

AMA Pearl of the Week

The Potential of AI in Health Care

Augmented intelligence (AI) holds enormous potential to help physicians and transform their practices—enhancing diagnostic accuracy, building personalized treatments or reducing administrative burden. A recent survey showed that physicians who used an AI assistant to help with their documentation saved more than three hours a week. Yet physicians also have concerns and ample questions about AI’s potential to exacerbate bias, increase privacy risks or introduce new liability concerns. 


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AMA Update:


AMA STEPS Forward® offers a collection of engaging and interactive educational content designed to help put the joy back into medicine.

Safety Information and Adverse Reporting Notices

Information on Recent Product Recalls and Safety Announcements

Fendall 200 Non-Sterile Eyewash Cartridge

Honeywell Safety Products is recalling Fendall 2000 Non-Sterile Eyewash Cartridge for the Fendall 2000 Eyewash Station because Honeywell’s supplier of the Fendall 2000 Non-Sterile Eyewash Cartridge has been found to be non-compliant with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements. Use of or exposure to the eyewash without seeking medical attention afterwards could result in a range of ocular infections such bacterial keratitis or endophthalmitis. Immunocompromised individuals, those sustaining ocular injuries that damage the corneal epithelium, and those sustaining penetrating ocular injuries are at higher risk of potential infection. To date, Honeywell Safety Products USA has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Allergy Alert for Blues Hog Sweet & Savory Seasoning

Baron Spices, Inc. of St. Louis, MO is recalling 708 units of Blues Hog Sweet and Savory Seasoning, because it may contain undeclared Soy and Wheat allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Soy and Wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Blues Hog Sweet and Savory was distributed to MD, VA, DC, and DE through Giant Food Stores. Product is in 6.25 oz plastic bottles with the label Blues Hog Sweet and Savory Seasoning with a lot number of 034-363 and 034-364.

Hospital News


Bayhealth attended Delaware State University’s (DSU’s) Health Fair to inform community members about health-related issues. The event proved to be a success as community members and DSU students were able to assess the opportunities and services that Bayhealth has to offer. DSU students who are studying nursing were able to speak with professionals in the field and gain insight as to what their future could look like at Bayhealth.


TidalHealth announces a series of free skin cancer screenings for people without insurance, those whose insurance doesn’t cover screenings or for people who currently do not have a dermatologist and are having difficulty obtaining an appointment with one. The free screenings will take place at the designated locations on the days indicated in May. Appointments are required at each session and may be made by calling Scott Rall at 410-543-7006.

Highlight on Events

The Delaware Academy of Family Physicians (DAFP) Annual Meeting will take place on April 13, 2024, at Bayhealth in Dover. The theme is “Health Equity” - providing access to quality health care in all our communities. After great CME, join for the Business Meeting as they celebrate some great Delaware family physicians and install the new Board. AAFP Director, Karen Smith, MD will also officiate a convocation for Degree of Fellow candidates. The day will close with a session on resolution writing for anyone wishing to learn more about how to affect positive change in Family Medicine on a state and national level. REGISTER HERE

Join the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians at their Earth Day community service event taking place on Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, at Talley Day Park in North Wilmington. Participants will be joined by Leah Brooks, a certified Delaware Master Naturalist and avid eco-gardener, who will teach about invasive and native plants. Volunteers will then help to remove those invasive species and clean up trash around the park. Friends and family welcome! The Chapter will provide trash bags, water, and snacks. Please bring gardening gloves and clippers to cut back the invasive plants growing in the park. Bring a shovel if you have one. Meetup location is the Dog Park. The event is FREE for all, but volunteers are asked to register ahead of time. Register here.

Get Involved in Earth Month! Registration is now open for the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup, rallying volunteers to join the effort on Saturday, April 13. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, in partnership with the Christina Conservancy and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the cleanup marks the 32nd year hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash at sites across New Castle County as part of Earth Month activities in Delaware. The cleanup, scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m., will span more than 12 sites from Brandywine Hundred south through Glasgow and Bear. Cleanup volunteers are encouraged to register now through Friday, April 5, on the volunteer tab at ChristinaRiverCleanup.org. Volunteers registered for the cleanup will be provided with gloves, trash bags and safety vests to use during the cleanup. As a thank you, volunteers will receive a Christina River Watershed Cleanup vehicle trash bag or other cleanup swag items while supplies last.

2024 Jazz Brunch Celebration to Benefit Delaware Hospice. Each year, Jazz Brunch, hosted by Fox & Roach Trident Charities, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and the Trident Group, serves as a crucial fundraiser for Delaware Hospice. Plan to be part of the event and enjoy a jazz-themed afternoon of delicious New Orleans-style cuisine, Bloody Mary bar, Mimosa bar, silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment provided by the Red Alert Band. The event will take place on Sunday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry's Savoy Grill, 2020 Naamans Rd, Wilmington. A new milestone has been set for this year to surpass $1 million raised in total. Learn more and register.

The Division of Public Health’s Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OIDE) now has office hours for Delaware health care providers. OIDE is hosting an accessible and informative platform for health care professionals to engage with epidemiologists and other experts to stay informed about key public health topics. The monthly “EpiChat” forum is for Delaware health care professionals to learn about Delaware’s reportable diseases, ask questions, and share insights. Resources will be shared. During these meetings, OIDE will provide information and guidance on various public health topics. The EpiChat series will feature online discussions with epidemiologists and subject matter experts via DPH’s One Health partnership.

  • Thursday, April 18 at Noon - Rabies Education: How to report potential rabies exposures, when rabies post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is needed, and how PEP should be administered.

To receive EpiChat notifications, contact Reportdisease@delaware.gov. Click here to register for the April EpiChat Rabies session. For more information, contact OIDE at 302-622-4149.

You're invited to attend the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (DEAAP) Conference, "Paving the Way to Pediatric Wellness: Chronic Disease Management and Mental Health in Primary Care" taking place on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Place on the Wilmington Riverfront from 2:00-5:30 p.m., with a social reception immediately following. Please join for both the education and social reception. Click here for more details and to review the agenda. Please register no later than April 11th.

Moving Delaware Forward: From Equity Awareness to Action. Equity Action Summit will take place April 18 & 19 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Join the ongoing movement to advance equity for all as shared stewards. The goal is to work and learn together to ensure that all people and places in Delaware are thriving - no exceptions. Over two days, gain knowledge of the vital conditions for well-being and explore multisolving to advance equity. Learn about local initiatives, find ways to build momentum, and be ready to inspire action in your communities. This is a safe space to see, support, and align equity efforts in Delaware. Closing celebration at Wilmington Blue Rocks game with fireworks. Free to everyone. Learn more and register.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control invites kids to participate in crafts and activities and volunteers to join in a beach cleanup as part of the agency’s annual celebration of Earth Month. The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will host two public events for Earth Month:

  • Earth Day Kids Crafts, Saturday, April 20, at the DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford. Registration is not required, and participants can drop in between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make their own special Earth Day craft from provided recycled materials while learning about how to take care of our planet.
  • Slaughter Beach Cleanup, Earth Day Monday, April 22. Volunteers will meet at the Slaughter Beach Pavilion, 359 Bay Avenue, Milford, DE. The program will be presented twice, from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is not required, and participants should arrive by the starting time to join DuPont Nature Center naturalists combing the beach for fascinating aquatic creatures and cleaning up any trash along the way. Trash bags and pickers will be provided.

Attention MSD members who are retired or are age 65 and above. You qualify as a member of the Physician Emeritus Section of MSD. Did you know that the Section holds lunch and learn sessions throughout the year and across the state? The next lunch and learn session will take place on Thursday, April 25th at the 1776 Steakhouse in Rehoboth Beach beginning at 11:30 a.m. The featured presenter is MSD Vice President and orthopaedic surgeon, Brian J. Galinat, MD, MBA. Dr. Galinat will present on his quest to visit the US National Parks, "Choose Your Own Adventure: Our Journey Visiting All the US National Parks." If you would like to attend, but have not registered, please contact Michelle.Seymour@medsocdel.org. There is a charge to attend.

The National Minority Quality Forum established the Annual Summit on Health Disparities to assist health care professionals, administrators, researchers, policy makers, community, and faith-based organizations in delivering quality care to diverse populations. With nearly 1000 attendees annually, the Summit has educated thousands of health leaders. This year's theme for the National Minority Quality Forum's Annual Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Spring Health Braintrust is "We have the data, now what? A look back at over 25 years". Join them April 29-30 for this in-person event at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, featuring leaders across the health care equity community! Information and registration.

AMA ChangeMedEd webinar series: "The next era of assessment: Advancing precision education for learners to ensure high-quality, equitable care for patients," 1-2 p.m. Eastern time, April 30. As part of the AMA ChangeMedEd® initiative’s new strategic focus on precision education, the AMA supported a supplement in the April 2024 issue of Academic Medicine entitled, “The Next Era of Assessment: Advancing Precision Education for Learners to Ensure High-Quality, Equitable Care for Patients.” In the supplement, authors compel readers to consider a next era of assessment that places less focus on how assessment is done (e.g., tests, work-based assessment) and more focus on why it is done—to ensure high-quality, equitable care for patients. This vision stems from competency-based education, which places the focus on ensuring training outcomes prepare graduates to provide the care patients need and applying a learner-centered approach to education. This webinar will feature guest editors from the supplement in Academic Medicine and explore how the future of assessment—and the meaningful use of learning and data analytics in medical education—can focus on ensuring high-quality, equitable care. Register now.

MSD will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, April 30 between the hours of 1:00-6:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Blood Bank of Delmarva Bloodmobile. Anyone eligible to give blood can schedule an appointment and come by the MSD office location at 651 N. Broad Street in Middletown. The Bloodmobile will be conveniently stationed in the parking lot.

The Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association will hold its 94th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Place at the Wilmington Riverfront. Join them as they honor Dr. Joseph F. Kestner, MD and the Sussex County Health Coalition, hear from APHA President Ella Greene-Moten, and welcome new Executive Director Kate Smith, MD. Register here.

Please join NAMI Delaware for their annual walk event on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington. The event will open with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the walk at 9:30 a.m. You are invited to #step up and #sign up and walk in support of a friend or family member experiencing severe and persistent #mental illness . Health care professionals and partners are also invited to join their caring community and sponsor the event to show that we are all united towards providing “Mental Health for All”. Give your all for Mental Health for All today by:

• Creating a team today and registering on the official NAMIWalks Delaware website

• Sponsoring their signature event. Don’t miss your chance to promote your organization to over 400 attendees on Walk Day. Opportunities are going fast. Please visit the Walk page on our website for more information - deadline to sign up is March 31st! Questions? Please call 302-427-0787 or send an email to engage@namide.org. Register for NAMIWalks Delaware today!

Join the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion CME webinar on using a neurodiversity-affirming approach for identifying Autism for Latin youth. "Diagnosing Autism in Primary Care: A Focus on the LatinX Community" will be presented on Thursday, May 9th at 12:00 p.m. as a virtual event. Registration is free, but is required for participation. Space is limited. Those registered will receive an email from Zoom with details for event access. To register.

Join Delaware's Lyme Disease Education Oversight Board and host, Beebe Healthcare, for the Lyme Aware Delaware Conference taking place on Friday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library & also by live stream. This is a free event and participants may earn up to 6 CMEs/CEUs. Register. Review the Conference Agenda.

Please join MSD for the next Pubs and Politics event at the Starboard in Dewey Beach. This next event in a series of events planned across the state will take place on Tuesday, June 4th beginning at 5:30 p.m. ACP and DAFP are joining MSD for this event for members! Join your colleagues for another great Pubs & Politics event, with complimentary food and beverages provided while you discuss regulatory and legislative updates for Delaware. Stop by when you can! Please register by May 29th.

The Young Physician Section of the Medical Society of Delaware (YPS) invites you to attend a YPS Social at the Riverfront's Constitution Yards - featuring complementary food and drinks, on Thursday June 6, 2024 (5:30 to 8pm). Please register no later than May 31st.

The Center for Community Research & Service and the Institute of Public Administration at the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Delaware invites you to SAVE THE DATE! to attend Homelessness in Delaware: New Ideas and Directions. In the past few years, demand for homeless services has increased substantially, while little has changed in the response to homelessness in Delaware. This one-day conference will feature presentations of services and policy approaches that have been successful in other jurisdictions that could be adapted to Delaware, as well as laying the groundwork for developing a more coordinated and deliberate approach to ending homelessness in the state. Formal invitation and registration to follow. This event will take place on Thursday, June 6 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 654 S. College Ave., Newark.

Is your practice interested in improving appropriate use of antibiotics in telemedicine? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is currently recruiting practices for a no-cost, 18-month program beginning in June 2024 to promote appropriate antibiotic use while maintaining patient satisfaction and reducing potential side effects in patients seen via telemedicine. Practices will receive training and one-on-one expert coaching to implement sustainable improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of infections in the telemedicine environment. Practices will learn how to improve workflow efficiencies and participants will be eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), continuing medical education (CME) credits, and American Board of Internal Medicine maintenance of certification (MOC) points. Learn more and sign up for an informational webinar on the program website: safetyprogram4telemedicine.org. Refer to the informational flyer.

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital announces its Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is now taking applications for the 2024-2025 class. Letters of intent are due Friday, July 12, 2024, and applications are due Friday, August 2, 2024. The DLP is a year-long executive education program designed for leaders from health care organizations who want to implement practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care, particularly through quality improvement. To date, over 569 participants from 236 organizations representing 35 states, Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and Switzerland have participated in the program. To read more about the program, visit:

https://www.mghdisparitiessolutions.org/disparities-leadership-program. Limited scholarships are available for public hospitals, Medicaid-managed health plans, and community health centers. 

MSD Night at the Wilmington Blue Rocks! As a member of MSD, you are invited to attend the game on Friday, August 9 when the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Game time is 6:35 p.m. at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. Following the game, a fireworks show will be presented. By registering for this event, you are reserving an entrance ticket for yourself and one $10 gift card that can be used at any concession stand at the stadium. Tickets for this event are offered at no charge to MSD members. Additional tickets may be purchased for $16 each, which can be purchased using the "Self-Pay Tickets" registration option. MSD members registering must be current with their 2024 membership renewal. Please contact MSD to renew your membership if needed. Click to register.

SAVE THE DATE! For the third year in a row, MSD is joining DNREC's Coastal Clean Up at Herring Point, Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, taking place on Saturday, September 14th beginning at 10 a.m. (rain date September 21st). In 2023, our efforts netted over 75 pounds of trash collected from the beach. Join us this year to beat the 2024 goal. Watch the clip from the September 16, 2023, Coastal Clean Up event.

Join MSD for the 7th Annual Superhero for Hope Run/Walk 5K on Saturday, October 5th at Rockford Park, 19th St & Tower Rd, Wilmington. Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Register early! Registration fee until September 2nd is $25. Pricing goes up starting September 3rd. Racers will receive a t-shirt and refreshments and music will be provided. Top awards will be given. Register at: https://raceroster.com/events/2024/87034/superhero-for-hope-7th-annual-runwalk-5k

Physician Employment Contract Negotiation Self-Paced, Online Program. Equip yourself with the vital business skills needed to negotiate fair and sustainable physician contracts. Enroll now to level the playing field and secure favorable outcomes for your professional partnership. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Discounted registration fee for MSD members and residents/fellows. For more information and to register, visit https://reg.planetreg.com/PhysicianContractNegotiation. Download the flyer.

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time requirement which went into effect on June 27, 2023, for any Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioner to complete eight hours of training “on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.” You can satisfy this training requirement to meet the conditions of the MATE Act through courses offered online by the American Medical Association. If you have not met this specific eight-hour training requirement yet, the deadline to do so is the date of a practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission.

Other Upcoming Events

April 12 - Climate and Health Conference, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., John H. Ammon Education Center, ChristianaCare Newark Campus. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credit. No fee to attend, but registration is required, no late in-person registrations will be accepted. Registration deadline is April 10th.

April 13 - Delaware Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, Bayhealth SIM Center, Dover.

April 13 - Bayhealth 4th Annual Nurse on the Run 5k/1 Mile Walk, 9 a.m., Bayhealth Sussex Campus, Milford.

April 17 - 18th Annual Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium Summit, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Chase Center on the Riverfront.

April 18 - DEAAP Spring Conference, "Paving the Way to Pediatric Wellness: Chronic Disease Management and Mental Health in Primary Care," 2:00-5:30 p.m., Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront (760 S. Justison St.). This activity has been approved for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

May 7 - 61st Annual William J. Holloway Infectious Disease Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., virtual and in person at the John H. Ammon Education Center, ChristianaCare Newark Campus. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

October 29 - SAVE THE DATE! 28th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bally's Dover Casino Resort, Rollins Center, Dover.

September 19 - SAVE THE DATE! DAFP Geriatric Medicine Symposium, ChristianaCare, Newark.

October 19 - DAFP Research & Education Foundation Healthcare Heroes 5k, Cape Henlopen State Park.

November 23 - SAVE THE DATE! MSD Annual Meeting and Presidential Reception, Bally's Dover Casino Resort

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CDC Launches Webpage on H5N1 Bird Flu Virus in Mammals (As of April 5, 2024)

The CDC website now features a new page dedicated to the current situation on highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) virus (“H5N1 bird flu”) in mammals. The page includes information on the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in dairy cows in the U.S., the risk to people, a timeline of documented mammalian infections in the U.S. and globally, and a list of related links. Learn more.

"Rerum Cognoscere" 

The Latin phrase Rerum Cognoscere translates to learn, examine, or become aware of facts or things. In this section, we highlight measurable items of interest in health care from MSD, Delaware, the US, and the world.


By 2050, the percent increase from the 2022 level by which the number of people with cancer could rise globally.

American Cancer Society

  20 Million

Number of new cases of cancer diagnosed globally in 2022.

American Cancer Society

9.7 Million

Number of deaths from cancer globally in 2022.

American Cancer Society

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